The Old Schoolhouse Museum & The Desert Institute
Second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture Series
September 2021 - June 2022
The 2021/2022 Old Schoolhouse Lecture series begins on Friday, September 10 with "Native Masterpiece Baskets | Weavers, Art, & Technology" by Alan Garfinkel, Author.
The Old Schoolhouse lecture series will return in September. Currently, we anticipate the return of in-person lectures at the Twentynine Palms Old Schoolhouse Museum. Lectures are on the second Friday of the month and the lectures begin at 7 pm with a one hour duration. Entrance fee for a single lecture is $5.00. A subscription for the full season costs $40, which is a $10 savings.
Time – Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m.
For further information call:
The Desert Institute
or email desertinstitute@PROTECTED
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Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt
By Clifford E Trafzer
The saga of Willie Boy has survived over one hundred years and the captivating story remains alive today. American Indians throughout Southern California, the American Southwest, and Great Basin remember the story well. Willie Boy’s pursuit of redemption, his attempt to become culturally whole again, reflects a tragic journey that still resonates today, over a hundred years on from the deaths of William Mike and Carlota. In his journey to survive, Willie Boy challenged numerous lawmen eager to capture or kill him, prompting the posse, press, and citizens to demonize Willie Boy.
Clifford E. Trafzer is a Distinguished Professor of History and Costo Chair of Amerian Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside. He has published A Chemehuevi Song, Fighting Invisible Enemies, Strong Hearts & Healing Hands, and Shadows of Sherman Institute.
One With The Creosote – Memories of a Desert Child
With a blending of poetic imagery and journalistic prose, writer Chris Tiffany reflects on her childhood growing up on the Mojave Desert during the '50s and '60s, to reveal the origins of an interwoven connection to the natural world around her and its influence on her life's paths and perspectives.
Tiffany, a Santa Ynez Valley resident who grew up in Twentynine Palms, is daughter of the late Joe and Margot Spangenberg, who moved their family from San Pedro, California, to Twentynine Palms in 1953. The Oasis of Mara, at the northern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, was her childhood playground.
Since age 10, Tiffany has kept personal diaries and journals, and credits her writing talent to her mother, who worked as a reporter for The Desert Trail for many years.
A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Tiffany is a former director of the Santa Ynez Valley Family School, whose curriculum encourages exploration of the surrounding Los Padres National Forest as an extension of the classroom.
A 40-year resident of the Santa Ynez Valley, she is a past editor of the Women's Environmental Watch newsletter, and served as the initial publicist and program coordinator for Arts Outreach for many years.
She continues to enjoy frequent retreats to her cabin on the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park.
Remember Our Gift Shop When Looking For That Special Gift
You'll find Howard Pierce ceramics, sun purple glass, things made by local artists and craftspeople, and books and items of local interest in our gift shop. Be sure to stop by and do your shopping.
We're open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Engraved Commemorative Bricks
Reserve yourself a place in history and help support the museum by purchasing an engraved brick.
Over the years many of our members and supporters have purchased Engraved Commemorative Bricks. The proceeds of these brick sales, beyond the actual cost of the bricks and engraving, goes to our general fund. The bricks are permanently displayed around our flagpole and in front of the Old Schoolhouse steps. Bricks are still available and you may contribute a brick in anyone's name, your company, or organization name.
Engraved bricks are $35.00 for one engraved line or 4 bricks for $120.00. Two additional lines may be purchased for $5.00 each.
The bricks, unless requested to be grouped, will be installed, at random, in front of the steps of the Old Schoolhouse.
Download an order form here. Order forms may also be picked up at the Old Schoolhouse Museum.
The following businesses support our Society,please support them.
29 Palms Inn
Jane & Paul Smith, Owners/Innkeepers
29 Palms Creative Center and Gallery
Gretchen Grunt, Proprietor
A New Creation Flowers & Gifts
Faith Arwick, Proprietor
California Retired Teachers Association
Hi Desert Division 62
PO Box 561, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Campbell House Inn
Heidi Grunt, Innkeeper
Desert Christ Park Foundation
Florals, etc By Pat
Pat Flynn-Zawojski, Artist
Friends of Wonder Valley
PO Box 1704, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
The Gladys Carol Scholarship Program, Inc.
Cheryl Gillon, Founder
High Desert Test Sites
Jerri Hagman, Proprietor
Joshua Tree Mini-Storage
McClay Distributors, Inc.
Bill McClay & Debby McClure
Morongo Basin Historical Society
Smitty's Bargain Box
Jacob & Crystal Smith, proprietors
73355 Sullivan Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Sunnyvale Garden Suites
Tony & Cora Naraval, proprietors
Swift Pool & Spa Service
Shawn Swift, proprietor
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians
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